October 15, 2016
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1st Plumbing Services provides quality plumbing repair and maintenance to commercial and residential customers throughout Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, and Bella Vista, Arkansas and the surrounding areas. Our experienced team of plumbers will solve your plumbing problem efficiently and accurately.
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1st Plumbing Services can provide your home or business in Northwest Arkansas with retrofitted energy efficient plumbing fixtures and appliances to help reduce your utility costs while also conserving the earth’s natural resources. From AO Smith water heaters to Bio-Clean preventative maintenance treatments and much more, you can rest assured that your residential or commercial plumbing project will be completed with only the best products available on the market. This, coupled with our affordable plumbing services, unmatched expertise, and courteous, friendly customer service, makes 1st Plumbing Services the only company you need to handle all of your plumbing projects.
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November 19, 2017
In many of the newer homes being built at this time, there are a lot of people ditching tradition. They like creating homes that are one of a kind or uniquely different from the ones that were being built a few years ago. It is the modern style that everyone loves and there is no place that proves it more than in the bathroom where people are choosing updated toilets, faucets, and even custom glass shower enclosures.
Types of Glass Shower Enclosures
Most people prefer to stick with a clear glass shower enclosure because they are easy to maintain, but that does not mean it is the only option for you. There are HD glass options, which many people prefer since there is less risk of a greenish tint discoloring your shower tile. You may also choose a frosted or rain glass. Both add a little different texture to your bathroom’s shower. If you want, you can also choose a colored glass to kind of hide what is in the shower. If you want to avoid the metal in your shower, you may also choose a slightly thicker “frameless” glass enclosure. It is usually 3/8” or 1/2” thick rather than the traditional 3/16” or 1/4” glass showers that have a metal frame.
Average Cost of a Shower Enclosure
The cost of a frameless shower enclosure is currently at least $900, but could go as high as $1300. It depends on the thickness of glass that you want to use and how large a shower you are trying to create. A framed shower enclosure is much more affordable for most people at around half the price, but it loses out on some of the sleak appeal that comes with frameless. A standard shower size will be less costly than a large shower enclosure with dual shower heads on each end that can hold two people at a time with room to move around. To find out what price range your project will fall into, you will have to talk to a company that specializes in plumbing or shower enclosures. A place like Arkansas Glass and Mirror will be able to give you an estimate that is easy to understand so that you can create the shower space you want.
Design Your Dream Bathroom
When creating a new bathroom or remodeling one that you are bored with and no longer functions the way you want it to; you have many options. There are unique tiles and patterns for you to consider and shower heads that will set it apart from “tradition”. Very few people are settling for basic showers. They are creating areas that allow them to relax at the end of a long, hard day. You can create a space for yourself that will let you do the same thing. We suggest that you do a little research and find a style that suits your personality. Once you have done that, choosing the right toilets, sinks, faucets, and showers will be easy. An added bonus is that most all of it will be well within your budget. What more could you hope for?
June 4, 2017
What is your very first thought when you see a brown spot on your ceiling? Most often, we think about a leak from either water pipes that may be in the attic or the roof. In many cases, this is true. That is one of the most common issues, but it isn’t the only issue you may have to deal with. It is no secret that an air conditioner can form condensation, but that doesn’t mean it will not cause it in other areas. Especially since many homes and offices use air handlers as well as the actual unit. You may think about calling a plumber out since it is a waterline, but you would be wasting time. Air conditioner damage is not caused by a plumbing issue and it isn’t something a plumber can repair.
What Is an Air Handler?
This unit, which is often called an air handling unit or AHU is used to regulate and circulate the air that it inside of it so that it spreads equally throughout the home or office through all the vents. It may be located in either the attic or the basement of a building, depending on where the vents are located.
Common Air Handling Unit Issues
Most people never have a reason to think about the air handler. They usually do not simply stop working properly. However, there are certain things that can go wrong and virtually all of them will result in a buildup of condensation that may cause you further damages.
Whether water has stained your roof or you are finding puddles in the basement, it could be and is most likely caused by dirty or clogged air filters, a clog in the coil, or a faulty blower motor inside of the AHU. Any of these things will stop the unit from being able to do what it needs to do and although the water is definitely a problem that you will want to deal with as soon as you notice it; you have to choose the right technician to help you out with it.
Hiring the Right Technician
If you are unable to locate the cause of your leak, you can try to contact a plumber to make sure that the isn’t with your water lines. That is unless you know exactly where the air handler is and you can get to it. If you know its location and feel that it is close to the AHU, you are better off to start out with contacting an air conditioning repair technician. Some of our favorite technicians are air conditioning service naples fl. They will be able to find the issue and fix it before it has the chance to cause more damage to your home’s ceiling and before the damaged areas begin to grow mold.
The key is to remember that just because you see water stains and puddles; you shouldn’t immediately feel as though you have a plumbing leak. It could be something that is much easier to fix and more affordable than that.
April 14, 2017
We are proud of our ability to help people with their plumbing issues and keeping our prices fair. In our area, we have managed to get enough dedicated customers who are willing to refer us to our friends. It has paid off well for everyone because we have been enabled to upgrade our tools and even our services. However, with all the newfound popularity and our busy schedules, we have had a few issues that make us want to increase our security. This is why we are going to be adding a driveway gate to our shop.
The Upgrades We Have Made
We have made upgrades in our tools so that we are able to keep up with the changes that newer toilets and faucets require. This has enabled us to keep up with our client’s needs. We can install larger pipes and we can install the newer toilets that may have warmed seats and water rinses. We have also upgraded our vehicles to company trucks. This makes us appear more professional and gives homeowners a sense of security in the services that we provide. The downside is that our success leads to us worrying about potential break ins and thefts of the tools that we provide.
Avoiding Potential Issues
We have put a lot of time and effort into our business. As we grow and expand, even more, we will be adding a driveway gate, thanks to Driveway Gates For Sale, to protect the new trucks and supplies that we have managed to acquire. We are not trying to keep people out, but we do prefer that only honest people are on our property. Since we do not have the ability to babysit our company day and night; it is important to us that we control access. It is something that we have learned from other businesses in the area who have been robbed, who now also use a gate at their driveway.
How Can Driveway Gates Help?
Without a gate, people who are trying to get onto a property will have nothing in their way. The point of a fence is to keep people out and a gate can further prevent people from entering. There are some who have video cameras aimed at them so that in the event someone does come in, the camera will see it. A locked gate that has a camera aimed at it will send most people away because no one would want to get caught doing things that they shouldn’t. Even if they could climb over the gate, they wouldn’t be able to get to the tools and vehicles that they would be entering for. This enables us, as a company, to sleep more peacefully at night.
Other business owners who have already upgraded their property to include a gated driveway say that it is the ideal solution. It is the same statement that homeowners who have a gate on their driveway say. It is a very easy way to stop people who may be trying to steal from you to put a little cash or product in their pocket that they have not earned. We have chosen to not become a victim and encourage everyone to join us. Perhaps if we all have gates, we will slow down some of the theft in our area.
January 9, 2017
When remodeling a bathroom, you may feel that you are confined to certain things. We all know that most bathrooms all look the same, just with different accessories and colors on the wall. They are serviceable places within our home. Most all have a toilet, sink, and shower area. Would you give those areas a makeover as well if you know that you could make your bathroom one-of-a-kind? If so, we are here to talk to you about what to look for when upgrading your toilet and it may very well surprise you to know about the options that are available to you.
Our Idea of a Perfect Toilet
Is there any such thing as a perfect toilet in your opinion? Probably not. We all seem to picture a specific toilet within our mind. It is the traditional style toilet like the standard Glacier Bay. It is serviceable, basic, and nothing fancy. For some people, that may be all that is required. Others, though, hate that their toilet looks like the toilet that they grew up using. Now, toilets have specific features that can make them more ideal for some people. They prove that not all toilets have to be the same. You can choose toilets that are affordable, more comfortable, and use less water, but you can also choose to have more expensive toilets that can provide more functions than simply flushing.
The New Standards in Toilets
Toilets in the past would use excess amounts of water to flush out cleanly. They were a height that was usable, but not necessarily comfortable for every person of every size. Those days are over. Now, if you take a quick browse on toiletreviewguide.com, you will see the vast variety of toilets and features available. You have comfort height toilets that are easier to sit down on and stand up from. These toilets use less water with each flush, but because they are pressurized, the flushing action is still good enough to scrub the toilet with each flush. There are also different bowl shapes for you to choose from. A small, round bowl is ideal for small bathrooms. These toilets may also have low tanks or standard tank sizes. They may have rounded tanks, square ones, or other styles. Different colors are also available. In larger rooms, you may choose to have an elongated toilet to give you more room on the throne. There are toilets with heated seats, night lights, motion sensor technology, and dual flushing toilets that allow you to use a small amount of water or a little more. There are even toilets that can handle cleaning you up after you are finished by using a gentle stream of warm water. What more could you ask for from your toilet?
Turn Your Bathroom Into a Place You Love Using
Your bathroom does not have to be like everyone else’s. You can create a room that is truly fit for the throne that you want to enjoy using. All it takes is you deciding that you want to ditch the standard “John” and upgrade to a new style of toilet. This can turn the most boring room in your home into a place that you enjoy being. It can also give your guests a little to talk about. Wouldn’t that be a great change for your home and make it worth the effort of a remodel? You simply have to decide on the features that you want.
December 29, 2016
Most people do not put a lot of thought into their bathroom. It is just something that we all enjoy having access to. However, it can benefit you to think about some features of your bathroom, especially since you spend time in there running water. Even if you and your family of four attempt to conserve water by taking quick showers; your family will still run the shower approximately one-hour daily and that doesn’t count flushing the toilet and washing your hands. That is why we encourage you to take a long look at the many benefits of an eco-friendly shower head.
The Most Important Reason for Changing Your Shower Head
An eco-friendly shower head is also considered a low flow shower head. They use very little water per minute. This can decrease the amount of water you use per shower, so that even if your entire family takes 15-minute showers, you still only use a fraction of the water that you normally would. In turn, this can decrease the amount of power that you use because your pump will not have to run as often, your water heater will not have to work as hard, and your water bill will drop because you aren’t using as much water. It is a difference between using 2.5GPM or less than 2GPM. This could easily save you $50 each month on your water bill and a fair amount on your power bill each month as well. Making the switch now could save thousands of gallons of water each year. In a world where we are all trying to save money, why would you continue to put yours down the shower drain?
Other Reasons to Consider Eco-Friendly Shower Heads
Many people worry that by using less water, they will have to stay in longer to get clean. They worry that they are going to be giving up the relaxation of having powerful jets of water hitting them, massaging their troubles away. None of this is true. The showerheads that are available today do not cause you to sacrifice pure enjoyment to conserve water. This is because most all low flow, eco-friendly shower heads are pressurized. They hold water inside of them so that your shower experience feels like you are using a high pressure shower head. Many of them also have larger heads so that more of your body is covered by water at one time than traditional shower heads. There are also rain shower heads that save water and many other options.
Isn’t Saving Worth It?
If all it takes is something as tiny as changing your shower head to save money, isn’t it worth it? By choosing a low flow shower head, you are doing good things for your pocket and saving water as well. It is a win-win and the fact that you also get a pressurized shower out of the deal should be considered an added bonus. Make the switch. Your new eco friendly shower head will pay for itself quickly.
November 9, 2016
When it comes to bathroom upgrades, you cannot go wrong with installing a rain shower. They are beautiful when installed and relaxing to use. They add value to a bathroom, even though the price of them is very affordable. They are designed to wash you from above so that your entire body is covered with water gently cascading over you. This is one of the main reasons people want to know more about rain shower installation. They want the all-over water flow that traditional shower heads are unable to provide.
Proper Rainfall Shower Head Installation
If you want a truly impressive rainfall shower head installed, you will want to do it the right way. This could mean running new pipes in the bathroom, but it will be worth it. Standard shower heads use a pipe that is one half an inch in diameter. Many of the rainfall shower heads that are available need a larger sized pipe to work the way that they are supposed to. You can still have a rainfall shower head if you have the smaller sized pipes in place, but it will take a plumber to make it work properly. Therefore, if you have an already established shower, you may want to seek out a shower head that uses the size pipes you already have to save on installation costs.
Once you have the shower head, a plumber will need to tie in to the existing water lines that are already there or add new water lines. They may also add a fitting to enlarge the water line to accommodate the new rain shower head. Either way, they will run the water lines up toward your ceiling and then take it across the ceiling to where you want it to be in your shower. They will install the base plate on the ceiling so that it can mount flush or have an arm, depending on the way you want it to be installed and the shower head’s needs. He will also secure the new water lines to something so that they are not free to wiggle around with water pressure changes.
If your home does not have attic space, the plumber may need to take out a part of the ceiling to secure the new water lines. This should be a simple repair considering how great the new shower head will look, but it is a concern for some people.
Other Alternatives for a Rain Shower Head
Many people choose to do a DIY installation with the rainfall shower head. It is possible to have an arm extension added to the existing pipes so that you avoid having a plumber come in. The shower arms are easy to install, but most will not put the rainfall shower head into the middle of a shower or tub. They can get it up higher so that the rain will fall over your body, but you will be confined to standing near the shower wall, the same as you currently have to stand. You also must look at an exposed pipe and some people do not want to see it in their shower. You should be the one to decide how great you want for your shower to look with a rainfall shower head installed.
November 9, 2016
Does your shower function the way that you want it to? Do you have a steady stream of water or would you describe your shower as a trickle of water that takes forever to rinse shampoo from your hair? Most people want a shower that has a lot of water pressure. They want a shower that massages while rinsing away the stress from their day. For that reason, if you don’t have the shower that you want, it is time to increase the shower water pressure in your home.
Water Pressure in Your Home
Not all homes have as much water pressure as we may hope that they would. In apartment buildings, if you have several people washing laundry or taking a shower at the same time, you may not have as much as you would hope, even though the pipes are fine. In a single-family home, you may have good pipes, but little pressure and you may blame it on a faulty pump or something else. Chances are good that if you start thinking smaller, you will get the water pressure you want, without upgrading all the expensive plumbing parts of your home. Your issue may not even be in your home’s plumbing. It could simply be your faucets and your shower heads.
Get the Maximum Amount of Water Pressure
One of the first things you will want to do if you feel that you have zero water pressure in your shower is to clean the shower head. If you have iron build up or other deposits in your shower head, you are losing out on pressure. A good way to clean them is to soak the shower head in vinegar overnight. You can do this by placing a sandwich bag filled with vinegar over the shower head and leaving it overnight or by taking the shower head down and soaking it in a sink overnight.
If that doesn’t work, you may want to take the shower head down and locate the flow restrictor, so that you can remove it. A flow restrictor slows down a shower so that you are not wasting water. The downside is, less water can flow out through your shower head and in homes that are already low on pressure, you may end up with a trickle. You should look at the shower head you have to find out if there is a flow restrictor and how to remove it.
Upgrade Your Shower Head
If neither of those things are helpful and you see no increase in your shower pressure; you may want to upgrade your shower. There are pressurized shower heads available and many of them are very affordable. You can also purchase a cheaper shower head and remove the flow restrictor to see if perhaps your lack of pressure was caused by a clog in the old shower head that you couldn’t remove with vinegar. The best thing about the pressurized shower head is even if your pipes have issues that restrict water flow, you have a combination of air and water mixed to make it more powerful. It is a win/win situation because you can avoid tracking down more expensive ways to increase pressure.